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The Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research centre at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

Established in 2003, the ZWU is dedicated to innovative environmental research. The Centre has been created to address the environmental impacts of global social changes and challenges such as urbanisation and megacities, climate change, water availability and quality as well as their implications for human life.

The ZWU´s primary activities focus on water research in a broad area of expertise within the field of water ecology, drinking water treatment & supply (contamination, evaluation, and purification), environmental toxicology & chemistry, urban water management, hydrology, hydraulic engineering and legal & economic expertise on water governance.

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